Preventive dental care usually includes professional dental cleanings, dental examinations, and x-rays. These procedures allow us to check your teeth on a regular basis to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and free from any signs of decay or disease. They also give us the opportunity to screen you for serious conditions like oral cancer.
Even with good brushing and flossing technique, it is difficult to remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially above the gumline. If this plaque is allowed to remain there, bacteria can grow and thrive and eventually lead to serious dental problems. Catching these problems before they start or nipping them in the bud will prevent infection, damage to your teeth, and eventually tooth loss.